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Ethics & the Common Good Project Announces 2018 Recipients of Student Project Grants

The Ethics & the Common Good (ECG) Project is pleased to announce the awards for the Fall 2018 Common Good Student Project grant cycle. Each year, ECG awards grants to students developing projects, research, and internships that align with ​the mission and goals of the Ethics and the Common Good Project.​ ECG particularly aims to […]

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Fragments of Belonging

with Carmen Figueroa 14F Carmen Figueroa is a portrait photographer from Brooklyn, NY who believes we have powerful stories to tell. Part celebration and part institutional critique, her Division III project Fragments of Belonging recreates and reimagines her family, herself, and their stories to shape wholeness from fragments of images and memories. This collection of […]

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Toward a Relational Somatics

by Teal Van Dyck “An alternative to the view that organisms possess ‘life’ is that ‘life’ possesses organisms. By this hypothesis, the secret of ‘life’ is to be sought outwardly and ecologically, rather than inwardly and physiologically… Organisms do not stand on their own. They evolve and exist in the context of unified ecological systems […]

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Exploring the Inner Workings of Politics: Interning with Senator Elizabeth Warren

by Olivia Brochu, 15F In Spring of 2018, I spent a semester interning in the Washington DC office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. This opportunity contributed to my ongoing studies of political science and women’s and immigration studies at Hampshire. At the beginning of the semester, I was hoping to gain knowledge about the U.S. Congress, […]

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Hampshire Huddle: Spinning a Relational Web

by Maya Sungold Sometimes it can be hard to feel connected to community on campus. To feel like you can show up somewhere, meet people you’ve never met before, get to know them in a real way, and be accepted and embraced in each others’ fullness. This year Ethics & the Common Good and Transformative […]

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Innovations for Change: Problem Solving for the Future

Collaborative painting by students of the 2015 Innovations for Change class with visiting artist Rose Marie Prins, in an exercise that supported students in connecting to iconic representations of our land and sustainable campus, including the Hampshire Tree and Dutch-Belted cattle at the Hampshire Farm (Photograph by SRP) In the ECG grant-supported class Innovations for […]

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What’s at Stake with Steak: Perspectives on the Meat Industry in the United States

by Renata Anuhea Sebstad, 13F Last summer, through the Ethics and the Common Good Internship Grant, I traveled across the United States to find out “what’s at stake with steak?” My studies had left me with questions like; how do we value meat? How do we care for the animals we’ve domesticated for food, and […]

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Silence, Breath, and Empathy

A lyric essay by Jamila Jackson I have spent the last few years at Hampshire developing the Embodied Leadership Project. My intention with the project has been to facilitate experiential learning around the topics of empathy and emotional intelligence. I understand both of these things to be embodied and relational skills. Advocating within academia for […]

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Transforming Education 4 Social Justice: A Reflection

Image by Pete Railand from Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative for Critical Resistance by Desta Cantave, 15F The Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference, a conference for people across Western Massachusetts who are interested in social justice and equality in K-12 schools, was such a privilege to get to experience. The main programing event was in English […]

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Keeping LGBTQI+ History Alive at the Sexual Minorities Archives

by Samuel Edwards, 15S For my summer internship funded through the Ethics and the Common Good Internship Grant, I worked at the Sexual Minorities Archives. The Sexual Minorities Archives is an archive based in Holyoke, Massachusetts that works on preserving LGBTQI+ history, as well as making this knowledge available to the public. A large part […]

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Teaching and Learning About Conflict & Genocide

By Sabina Paneva, 14F In the summer of 2017, I was awarded a Summer Internship Grant from Ethics and the Common Good to develop my Division III research on holocaust education and present my work at the Mali Losinj Days of Bioethics Conference in Croatia. The annual international conference has become one of the most […]

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Making a Pop-Up Museum for the 2017 Detroit Kite Festival

By Dylan Eli Welch, 13F For my summer internship through Ethics and the Common Good, I traveled to Detroit to support the inaugural Detroit Kite Festival. Inspired by kite festivals she went to when she was younger, the Detroit Kite Festival was created by friend and Hampshire alum Margo Dalal. Margo and the festival team […]

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Ethics & the Common Good Project Announces Latest Round of Student Project Grants

The Ethics & the Common Good (ECG) Project is pleased to announce the recipients of the ECG Fall 2017 Student Project Grants. Each year, ECG awards grants to students engaged in developing projects, research, and internships that align with the mission of the Ethics and the Common Good Project. ECG particularly aims to support community […]

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Cultivating Critical Connection: The Culture of Radical Engagement Residency

Ethics & the Common Good Project is deeply committed to cultivating our collective capacity for empathy, connection, collaboration, and action. We call this collective capacity relational leadership. Rather than focusing on building individual leadership skills, our approach is to use storytelling, empathic listening, and embodied practices to build strong bonds, bridge differences, and share leadership […]

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Ethics & the Common Good Project Awards 10 Faculty Course Development Grants

Ethics & the Common Good Project is pleased to announce our first round of Faculty Course Development Grant recipients. Ethics and the Common Good Project (ECG) offers funding to support faculty in the development of courses that focus on conceptions and problems of ethics and the common good, as well as possible means of addressing […]

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Toward a Democratic Speech Environment

Christopher Tinson and Javiera Benavente, co-chairs of Hampshire’s Advisory Council on Speaking Across Resilient Communities (SPARC), published an essay in the national education publication Diversity & Democracy in which they share views that emerged from the campus workshops and numerous conversations facilitated by SPARC, as well as best practices from their work in a wide […]

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There Are Plenty of Alternatives

Why co-ops, regional currencies, and hackerspaces are pointing the way toward a new economic vision. By David Bollier Originally published on The Nation In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shocking election victory, a shattered Democratic Party and dazed progressives agree on at least one thing: Democrats must replace Republicans in Congress as quickly as possible. As […]

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Your Story Matters

In the summer of 2016, Lorren Grabarek 12F, with the support of ECG’s Common Good Internship Grant, completed a self-designed internship with RainbowYOUTH in Auckland, New Zealand. RainbowYOUTH is one of the few organizations in New Zealand that support LGBTQ youth, and Lorren contributed to a critical growth year for the group by designing and […]

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Arts in LA Commons

Emily Rose Brown 13F received an Ethics and the Common Good Internship Grant to join LA Commons and provide artistic and logistical assistance with its neighborhood-based community-building projects all over the city. In the MacArthur Park area, she joined children and a lead teaching artist to create a video project highlighting the park’s people and […]

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Capital, Empire, and the US Deportation System

Kamika’s Division III, Capital, Empire, and the US Deportation System, was guided by her desire to seek out and amplify the voices of the Black and im/migrant communities, especially the experiences of Black immigrants. Her inspiration was her own lived experience as an organizer within the Immigrant Rights Movement and Movement for Black Lives, which […]

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SHIFT Foundation Increases Gift to Hampshire Ethics Program to $4.59 Million

Expanded gift will endow a professorship in applied ethics and the common good, and courses and research on morality, ethical behavior and social institutions. By John Courtmanche A year and a half after Hampshire College launched its Ethics and the Common Good program with a private gift of $2.09 million, the donor has pledged $2.5 […]

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Hampshire College establishes program focusing on ethics and doing good in the world

By Judith Kelliher Originally published by the Daily Hampshire Gazette AMHERST— A new program offered this fall at Hampshire College will introduce students from all disciplines academic courses and other educational opportunities that specifically focus on ethics and what it means to do good in the world. The Ethics and the Common Good Program, initially […]

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Photos from our inaugural event: ‘What Kind of World Do You Want to Live In?”

Hampshire College formally launched the Ethics and the Common Good Project with a public presentation entitled Ethics and the Common Good: What Kind of World Do You Want to Live In? on February 12, 2015. The launch also included a series of workshops facilitated by author and Commons activist David Bollier and choreographer, performer, and […]

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Hampshire College To Launch Ethics Project

By Paul Tuthill Aired on WAMC, on February 4th, 2015 Hampshire College has been awarded a five-year $2 million grant from a private family foundation to launch a new project on ethical engagement and leadership. The Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project (LEEP) will be a resource for local institutions and organizations with core operating principles […]

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Hampshire College to Launch Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project

Project will provide a model for integrating a deliberate focus on ethics within the academics and culture of the institution, toward contributing to the common good. Hampshire College is launching a project focused on ethical engagement and leadership. The Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project will provide a model for integrating a deliberate focus on ethics […]

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